There is NO failsafe answer to protecting our children online.
Our biggest ally is education .
No one can take the place of the parent.
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What are our children doing online? And how do I keep them safe?
What (and who) is out there?
Why not just unplug?
What should I do to keep them safe?
Where do I find resources?
What (and who) is out there? What are our children doing online?
93% of all Americans between 12 and 17 years old use the internet
74% of teens now say the computer they use is in a public place in the home
A large majority of teens (71%) have established online profiles (including those on social networking sites such as MySpace)
"We would never show our parents everything that we do online or with our mobile phones and iPods because it would be too shocking and it would cause them to be … afraid or enraged or saddened or disappointed or humiliated or more distant or more controlling or worse , ashamed of me.
...and we're NOT about to start a bloody battle at home or risk having the computer taken away. So, it is safer to remain silent and deceptive. Besides, you would never understand. Most parents are clueless about our world and what we do with computers.“
(June, 2005 - April, 2007) This information was compiled by Donna Sawyer based on feedback from interviews with several hundred children, ages 11-20, in schools, youth groups, and small focus groups in North Carolina. The interviews included students from various cultural backgrounds: India, England, Belgium, South Korea, and Thailand.)
Remember, every child and every family is different.